Start exporting: A practical guide

Start exporting - Global opportunities are out there

Start exporting – Global opportunities are out there

Building the SimVenture brand has involved little hitchhiking but much globe-trotting over the last 8 years.

In this time exporting has become a key revenue stream. So what’s been learnt and how can you start exporting and thus build your business? Here are my top 10 tips… [Read more…]

The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Delight can quickly turn to frustration when an excellent new recruit, who is just settling into the post, decides to accept a job offer elsewhere. But occasionally, you know they’ve made the right decision… [Read more…]

The pioneering outdoor entrepreneur

Within the mind of the outdoor entrepreneur

Within the mind of the outdoor entrepreneur

“No, you don’t need one. The night is not dark.” Frank, an ‘outdoor entrepreneur’ and head of centre, spoke with calm assertion to the 10 newly acquainted teenagers.

The group was visibly alarmed by his response. None had anticipated that their sensible request for torches (ahead of their night walk through an ancient Cumbrian wood) would be refused… [Read more…]

Leading the entrepreneurial way

Is the US leading the entrepreneurial way

Is the US leading the entrepreneurial way?

As storms brewed over southern England this October I boarded a Virgin Airbus & headed to the US. My destination was Kansas City and the GCEC Conference.

Crossing the Atlantic I was keen to test out Mr Branson’s latest in-seat multi-media technology. The hours passed quickly as I laughed at The Internship and cried with the Guilt Trip. As alcohol and altitude fuelled the emotions I got into the US spirit… [Read more…]

Getting your business insured

Getting your business insured: Know the risks

Getting your business insured: Know the risks

As my first year of business in York neared its end I arrived at work one Monday to discover a ransacked office. Cables were ripped out of walls, paper covered the floor and my only computer was gone… [Read more…]

Giving business a bad name

Some commercial activities are capable of giving business a bad name

Some commercial activities are capable of giving business a bad name

Not long ago I attended an entrepreneurship conference that attracted people from all sectors.

The organisers kicked things off with a ‘motivational speaker’. The billing stated our man of purpose was a ‘leading entrepreneur and businessman’.

Now, in my experience these things are capable of giving business a bad name. I won’t mess you about. He had a shocker… [Read more…]

Poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats, the famous 19th century poet, became part of the Italian family holiday during the summer. His life fascinated me and helped me to understand the power of poetry for entrepreneurs…

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Flavour of the Umph

Get the flavour of the umph!

Get the flavour of the Umph!

Being 25 years’ self-employed I feel I’ve developed a ‘nose’ for judging whether a business or project might work.

The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term… [Read more…]